The Fight against Injustice and Corruption
Another element of our nature was rekindled after the 29/03 tragedy. Our voices were raised against corruption and injustice. Responsibility had to be taken for the events. Stemming from anger, names were called, the system was blamed, corruption
was termed the source of the disaster.
Yet nobody questioned the source of the source. We were all quick to attribute corruption to individuals associated with the building. We jumped at the opportunity to criticize the system, failing to realize, we are a part of this system. Each one of us is a
cog in the machine of this society. And if our society is corrupt, we have to look within, as opposed to away from ourselves.
Corruption is only possible because we are active participants in it. Whether it involves kicking doors to forward your business ambitions, or something smaller, like bribing a police officer to get out of a traffic violation, it is still against our principles. Justifying smaller acts of corruption (just because they’re minor) is a slippery slope. All small acts of corruption aggregate to form one giant corrupt society.
What then, do we do to fight for justice? Not only for the lost souls of the tragedy, but in general. Do we accuse those involved in larger acts of corruption? Do we protest against them? While these aren’t the worst ideas, there is a better way.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am
changing myself ~ Rumi
Translate the struggle against corruption and injustice to a higher dimension. Understand that we are a part of this system. And as far as we as individuals are ‘okay’ and ‘indifferent’ towards smaller acts of corruption, we lay foundations for larger and
more dangerous forms, forms that can result in incidents like 29/03.
Merging the two ideas
We must also ask why there is a need for corruption. Why can’t we do things the straight way? Of course, there is the idea of the demand for corruption, and the willingness to participate in it. But that is secondary. Where does this demand stem from?
Greed? Affinity towards wrongdoing?
Then there is the possibility, especially when it comes to smaller scales of corruption, of one being poor. Poverty may force an honest worker to take a bribe. Continuous participation in that may create and reinforce greed. Terminally, large-scale
forms of corruption may develop through this system. If we can eliminate corruption at
the lower scales, it then becomes easier to tackle it at higher scales.
Translate these ideas into a higher dimension. Corruption, poverty and injustice
are intertwined concepts. And if we are playing a role in developing any of them, we are
to blame as much as anyone else. Our responsibility is to tackle corruption by not
participating in it and fighting poverty by following the advice from (3:92) above. In this
way, we will truly be struggling against injustice, and we will be doing justice to the
memory of those lives lost on 29/03.
May Allah(SWT) reward all those involved in the rescue efforts after the building
collapsed. And May Allah(SWT) grant the surviving victims, and the families of all
victims patience to go through this traumatizing event, and may He also reward the souls
that were lost, on the 29/03/2013.